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 Pete2205
Joined: 3/18/2011
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I think you need to not worry too much and "Get a life" (To coin a well worn phrase).....Or perhaps your now excited and want to work out how many people use that term ?
 gcdeb
Joined: 4/25/2011
Msg: 5
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Posted: 1/22/2013 11:55:22 AM

I'm an IT professional and a bit of a geek
I never would have guessed.....
 forum_moderator
Joined: 1/24/2003
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Posted: 1/22/2013 12:19:20 PM
Is this really such a big problem when searching for users that POF should hire programmers to fix it?

If so, should other commonly used descriptive terms such as honest, attractive, etc be forcibly removed from profiles too? Maybe even a denial of service if such terms are used?

What saturation point do you recommend would be necessary to make a word taboo?
ie: 2% of profiles, 5%, etc?
 ThomasTuckerJr
Joined: 9/18/2012
Msg: 12
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Posted: 1/22/2013 3:46:46 PM
If you're going to do that then need to put a stop to guys sending their "dic pics" to people......... it's really lowering the quality of women who visit this site......

of coarse that would be easier as all you'd need is a "explict pic" and put them on the seeking intimate encounters list.
but there will always be people here whom others are not compatible with.
 Aristotle_Amadopolis
Joined: 12/8/2011
Msg: 13
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Posted: 1/22/2013 4:22:06 PM

So many women use that word it's starting to become meaningless, it's like saying "Hi I breathe air regularly!"

If you want to make a fair assessment of someone, it is best to do it in an environment where they are for the most part left
to their own devices.

So letting people know what they are doing wrong only hurts the people that would use that are a criteria to excluded someone.
 Blah_User_Name
Joined: 8/27/2011
Msg: 15
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Posted: 1/23/2013 3:26:52 AM
You might well be an IT specialist but you obviously have zero understanding of the business model for this site.

Money isn't made from having a sleek site. Money is made by providing functionality which is good enough to achieve the objectives of the user base without costing the owner very much in terms of development and enhancements. Movement around this site and exposure to ads is what generates the revenue and so reducing the screens you need to move through negatively affects the bottom line.

Suppose your suggestion was included - instead of doing what you currently are i.e. looking through several profiles, scanning for your pet peeve word, and then backing out and repeating, you would be able to gain a more focused search result of fewer profiles. That means less movement around the site to get what matters to you.

The core objective of this site, is to keep the users on here for longer periods of time, not shorter. It provides the means for the majority to get most of what they want via searching which in turn, secures the user numbers.
 Aristotle_Amadopolis
Joined: 12/8/2011
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Posted: 1/23/2013 4:55:11 AM

Well that assumes that people left to their own devices are good at creating profiles which accurately represent themselves in a way which makes them stand out among the other users, a lot of people are actually very bad at this, so much so that POF provide both written and video guides to profile writing.

No it assumes that the best matches are going to happen when people are left to their own devices.




The problem is that there's millions of people on this site, part of the whole point of being on a dating site is to narrow down the pool of possible matches to make it manageable, any time someone puts something generic in their profile they're creating a lower signal to noise ratio.

Then in theory if you helped people make a better profiles to attract more people, then people would have more choices and not less. Also some of those choices would be a false positive as they would have eliminated them before but now will not because their profile is not them, it has been enhanced by outside help.




Writing a good profile is a skill like anything else because it's not enough to simply describe yourself, just like building a website today isn't enough, it has to be SEO friendly so people searching for it can find it easily. It's not any different for profiles.

You are over thinking it.

All you need is a site that provides you an easy way to contact people and the rest will take care of itself.
 Pete2205
Joined: 3/18/2011
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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:02:06 AM
You start of this thread talking about a filtering process that needs improvement but then you digress into profile composition.

The idea of a profile is to sell yourself and while that does not mean it has to be a profile that throws a wide a net as possible. It needs to be punchy and at least attract the interest of the kind of women you want to meet. If that isnt so then why bother writing a profile. Its the same profile concept you use on a CV when applying for a job. You are looking to generate interest in the first couple of paragraphs and create the desire for the reader to look at the rest of the page in detail.

I just love the following statements you made:

"Well that assumes that people left to their own devices are good at creating profiles which accurately represent themselves in a way which makes them stand out among the other users, a lot of people are actually very bad at this, so much so that POF provide both written and video guides to profile writing".

Writing a good profile is a skill like anything else because it's not enough to simply describe yourself, just like building a website today isn't enough, it has to be SEO friendly so people searching for it can find it easily. It's not any different for profiles".
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You come across very arrogant Frost. To be honest your profile isnt creative at all, it does nothing to "Catch someone's eye. It is similar to many many profiles simply which list what you like and dont like. The cheesy pic of you holding a phone to take a pic of yourself in a mirror is one idea that has been around ever since it was possible to upload a pic - Not very original.

I would stop worrying too much about the mechanics of being able to type in specific words to narrow down the vast number of profiles to a number you find easy to search through and put your profile up for critique in the forums. You maybe clever with a computor but your not that smart at selling yourself.
 gcdeb
Joined: 4/25/2011
Msg: 18
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Posted: 1/23/2013 12:47:09 PM
Sorry, I don't own a now.
But do you own a dictionary?

You can't split your spare time "among" different hobbies. I think you mean "between".

BTW, " what to do when the Zombies finally arrive" while not being one of the most commonly overused profile phrases, *is* overused enough by the "look how cool I am, I talk about zombies" people that it is lame, lame, lame.

And if you *are* creating a list of "phrases to be filtered for" to send to Markus, could you please make sure you add "I don't play games" to the list. It's a much more commonly used phrase than "bubbly". Hey, then you might be one of the first people to get a message warning you that your profile is kinda generic!

Arrogance is NOT attractive OP, especially when it's unwarranted.
 femaleconnection
Joined: 8/12/2010
Msg: 19
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Posted: 1/23/2013 1:24:26 PM
Op, if you dont like profiles that describe themselves as bubbly, just click 'next'. There are a ton of words used generically, why just pick on the word bubbly?

I see tons of men describe themselves as nerdy, as you have. Shall we try to eliminate that one too? What about 'nice'?

By the way, you have not written an original profile by any means, so I am at a loss as to why you think you are so darned good at it. Its not horrible...but it is typical and nothing stands out in my opinion.
 OTTO BONN
Joined: 4/20/2006
Msg: 20
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Posted: 1/23/2013 6:09:31 PM
You can search POF profiles with Google Advanced Search and set it to not show a word or words that you want filtered.

For example, searching for this:
"year old Woman" "Non-Smoker" Socially UK site:pof.com
will find women who don't smoke, drink socially and live in the UK.

A search for this:
"year old Woman" "Non-Smoker" Socially UK -bubbly site:pof.com
will subtract bubbly from the results.

When Google searching profiles on POF, do an Image search. Click on a photo. Then, to see the profile of that photo, click Website for this image. The Full-size image link doesn't work in some cases, but you should still see the photo on the profile.
 forum_moderator
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Posted: 1/23/2013 6:32:27 PM

OP as much as I sympathize for your wanting to better things by creating all sorts of site checks to “high brow” up profiles, it isn't going to happen to placate your needs.

Remember, people are all unique and diverse. Users who can't spell or create proper sentence structure will feel at ease with a similar user with the same issue; users who like to use a bag of worn out clichés will no doubt also not mind users who do the same, and so on and so forth. In other words, there is a partner for everyone. Concentrate on the users who interest you and if you need to wade through the weeds, strap on your hip waders.



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Posted: 1/24/2013 10:09:45 AM


More food for thought.

If you eliminated all the common terms and forced users to pick other terms, wouldn't you be making these more unique terms more common?

Thread closed - no need to beat this dead horse any longer.

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